Win By Committee

By Pastor Lee Young

This past Sunday, in the first of our Celebrate 2015-6 segments, Pastor Lee shared highlights of this past ministry year. He also shared his dream for going forward. Below is a recap of what he shared with us.

When I take a breath for a minute and think of where we could go in SBC Youth, it excites and scares me at the same time. We have an opportunity to make an impact on the youth here in Summerland but that potentially means shifting how we do things. It means change. Not a change in Biblical purpose; that will always remain the same. We are to “make disciples of all nations, teaching them to obey everything Jesus commanded, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” That is the constant.

But maybe our focus or philosophy of youth ministry here at SBC needs to be tweaked a little. We have the privilege to stand on the shoulders of giants here at SBC and reach new places we couldn’t have gone before. Randy, Mikel, Craig and other youth leaders, both staff and volunteer, have built this Youth Ministry to where we are now. We have impacted close to one hundred Middle School youth since January. Thirty-five different high School youth have come on Wednesday nights to check things out or plug in.

But we are not satisfied…

How many more could we reach?
How many more could we disciple?
What else could be done?

The Golden State Warriors professional basketball team has three all stars on their roster. That alone makes them a contender during the season and in the playoffs. The Toronto Raptors have two all stars and they made it to the east conference finals, but no farther. What makes Golden State Warriors a great team isn’t their all stars, it is their supporting players. The slogan for the last two years playoffs has been “strength in numbers”. This refers to their large fan base and the sea of yellow at home games. But it also refers to the “win by committee” approach that the team has every game. They have all bought into the idea that teams win games, not individuals, and this year they set a record for most wins in a season and are up 2-0 in the NBA finals.

We at SBC youth are looking to “win by committee” when it comes our youth program. We will not succeed if we rely solely on the strengths of staff. We need to harness the power of numbers from our church body and work together for the larger goal of discipleship of our youth! My invitation to you as we look forward to the future is to step out of the stands and join us on the court so we can win for the glory of God!

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